eWeek is reporting that notebook sales have passed desktop sales for the first time. In the last quarter of 2008, 38.6 million units of notebooks shipped compared to 38.5 million desktops.
One of the problems with mobile computers, though, is they’re easy pickings for theft, which has reached a hundred thousand per year for notebooks.
The story is here. It’s being discussed on Slashdot here:
I think one benefit of the laptop craze may be that companies will stop putting out newer versions of software which require double the specs of the last version.
While the idea of a small notebook for mobility’s sake is appealing to me, I don’t really like the idea of having a notebook as a desktop replacement. For people who use their computer a lot, including typing a lot, being crouched over a laptop keeping your neck craned downwards while typing on a small, probably un-ergonomic keyboard doesn’t sound appealing.
As well, as pointed out in the comments at Slashdot, parts that you can’t replace on a portable include:
- case and panels
- power adaptor
To each his own, though.
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